Phillip Toledano – Bankrupt

At the beginning of 2001, I began taking pictures of recently abandoned offices, and the things people had left behind.

This project was more than photography for me. It was economic archeology. There was something very strange about walking into a recently abandoned office. The heavy, Pompeii-like stillness, punctuated by the occasional sound of the air-conditioning, turning itself on. A coat-hanger waiting patiently for a coat. A limp happy-birthday balloon on the floor. A drawer stuffed with take-out menus. Everywhere, there were signs of life, interrupted.

America had not suffered such a vertiginous economic collapse since the 1930’s, and I wanted to document the human cost, while it was happening. I clearly remember thinking at the time that I’d never see something like this again in my lifetime. Of course, I was very wrong. But the results are the same. The human cost is the same.

Phillip Toledano

Published by Twin Palms Press in 2005.

Working on ‘Self Service’

A few images from my most recent project.
Self Service is to be exhibited at ‘EYE film institute’ in Amsterdam the 28th of August.
It’s a delicate project about the radical consequences of the flaws in the dutch euthanasia legislation.
The entire project will be shown on my website when the exhibition has ended.

Marieke van der Velden – Swimming pools

Swimming pools from Benin, Liberia, Iraq, Kenya, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Jordania, Malawi and more.

Each pool has its own story. 

At one, the hoped-for tourists never came. At another, the tables are turned upside-down because the owner is Charles Taylor’s brother. One pool has just been restored after a war, while the other hasn’t been maintained since the president who owned it was murdered 30 years ago.

A simple concept with a powerfull and esthetic result. I am not a big fan of repetition, but in this case it does a good job.

Loris Savino – Betweenlands

Betweenlands by Loris Savino; The Mediterranean Sea has changed. In the last months it has been shaken by an immense and liberating roar, leaving everybody astonished. Betweenlands is a blog that tells, through the power of images and video – subtitled by handful of words- the political changes, and their social repercussions, taking place along the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea, shattered by popular riots and spontaneous – though often violent- protests. As if its populations – that we wrongly considered numb – were suddenly infected by a collective hysteria pushing people in the streets; while somebody else is thrown in the sea.”

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